With news items pertaining to an increasing number of Americans thinking a college education is a waste of money, it’s hard to think a more prescient film currently in development than Fahrenheit 451. The new HBO movie is based on the classic dystopian novel written by legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury in 1953 about a world where firemen don’t put out fires, they start them, burning all the books responsible for subversive thoughts that undermine the state, which is all of them by the way. Now, a new image shows firemen Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon in action.
Jordan plays Montag, the lead character that starts to question his purpose and the point of burning books in the course of the story; Shannon plays his chief, Beatty, who tries to get Montag back on the straight and narrow of burning books instead of reading them. Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) will co-star in the film, and Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Amir Naderi. The only other screen adaption of Fahrenheit is the one released in 1966 starring Julie Christie, Oskar Werner and Cyril Cusack, and directed by the legendary French director Francois Truffaut (The 400 Blows).
There’s no word yet on when you might see Fahrenheit 451, but it’s expected to pop up on HBO sometime in the next year.